The Eastern Gorilla is a magnificent creature that is sadly becoming endangered. They are the largest apes in the world, and can weigh up to 400 pounds! They live in forests in Africa, and eat leaves, fruit, and insects.
Eastern Gorillas are very social animals, and live in groups of up to thirty members. These groups are called troops, and each troop has a dominant male who leads them. The females do most of the parenting, and take care of the young gorillas until they are about four years old.
The Eastern Gorilla has a large head, broad chest and long arms. They are covered in black hair, except for their white faces. They move slowly and carefully, and can climb trees to get food or to escape danger.